Yasin Bhatkal walked out of Kolkata jail as 'Bulla Mallik'


Though Shakespeare Sarani police station officials initially stated that no one by the name of Yasin Bhatkal had been arrested by them, they later identified him from a photograph. This was the photograph Yasin submitted at the Ranchi passport office as part of his passport application on January 20, 2010. The application was moved under the name 'Anjar Hussain', say records in the stadium blasts case.

Siddiqui, who also applied for a passport in Ranchi along with Yasin under a fake identity, reportedly told the Bangalore police that while Yasin had been arrested, he himself had managed to return home to Darbhanga, Bihar. He also revealed that Yasin, who popped up in Delhi in January 2010, days after his release, told them he was arrested because a man he had gone to meet in Kolkata was a dealer in counterfeit currency. Siddiqui also identified two Kolkata locals "Asif" and "Anzar" as being close friends of Yasin who operated a counterfeit currency racket.

Two other terror accused in custody, 31-year-old Mohammed Tariq Anjum, who allegedly was in engineering college with Yasin, and Gauhar Aziz Khomani, also 31, too told the Bangalore police that Yasin had talked about his arrest.

Once earlier, in October 2008, Yasin had had a narrow escape when the Karnataka Police had delayed a raid on a hideout near Kopa in Chikamagalur following raids on IM operatives in Mangalore. More recently, in November 2011, Yasin evaded capture when his father-in-law Irshad Khan and his associates were picked up from Chennai and Delhi.

Among the attacks linked to the IM in which Yasin lurks as a key entity are the August 2007 twin blasts in Hyderabad, the Delhi blasts of September 2008, the Pune German bakery blast of 2010, the Bangalore cricket stadium blasts of April 2010, the July 2011 blasts in Mumbai and the Pune blasts of August 2012.

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